Dental Services

Health written question – answered on 27th February 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who had veneers fitted to their teeth (a) with the costs covered by the NHS and (b) on referral by an NHS dentist to a private clinician in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by strategic health authority.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

This information is not available centrally.

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Sheila Taylor
Posted on 18 Mar 2008 9:13 pm (Report this annotation)

Why not? The York Review warned that when water is fluoridated any slight reduction in dental caries (for which the evidence was poor) had to be balanced by the increase in dental fluorosis, which, it was stressed, was not just a cosmetic condition. It said that more research was needed into the effects of water fluoridation. I would have thought that the number of people fitted with veneers, broken down by health authority, was exactly the kind of statistic that could help with this research. Is the Secretary of State trying to hide something?